NCBS President Michael Hall To Run For IBMA Board Of Directors Representing Associations


Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Northern California Bluegrass Society president Michael Hall is running for a seat on the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Board Of Directors.

Hall is a Redwood City attorney and a bluegrass organizer at the national and local levels. If elected, he will serve a three-year term beginning in October, representing Bluegrass Associations.  The NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

ncbs-plain-logoThe Nashville-based IBMA is the organization of professionals promoting bluegrass music worldwide. It presents the World Of Bluegrass convention each September in Raleigh, NC.

NCBS Announces The GOF First Stage Performance Schedule For Friday, August 12

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the performance schedule for the First Stage at the 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 11-14, 2016 at the San Benito County Historical Park (next to Bolado Park in Tres Pinos).

FRIDAY, August 12

First Stage

Noon — Tomas & Friends (Tomas Enguidanos, Dave Earl, Glenn Dauphin, Sullivan Tuttle), San Leandro.

1:00pm — Edgewood Mountain Boys, Palo Alto.

1:45 — Down The Road Ramblers, Cotati.

2:30 — Sage & The Coyotes (Sage Kerr, Niko Quale, Elvis  Enguidanos, Samuel Enguidanos, Kevin Lude), Placerville.

(The Main Stage Schedule will begin at 3:00pm.)

Looking Ahead To The August 2016 Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Festivals


Saw Players Annual Picnic

Saw Players Annual Picnic

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members & their friends look forward to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival every August. This year, we will have our new home, the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park, to enjoy in addition to the music!

There are  a number of other fun events throughout the month as well. Here are the August festival listings:


6 — Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma.

6-7 – Church Street Fair, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz.

11-14 – NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

summergrass-logo-1612-14 – Bower’s Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Bower’s Mansion Regional Park & Deer Creek Park, Carson City, NV.

12-14 – Comatopia Sierra Mountain Music Festival, Sierra Valley Lodge, Calpine.

sutter-creek-inn-sign13-14 – Saw Player’s Picnic & Music Festival, Roaring Camp, Felton.

19-21 – Summergrass San Diego, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista.

20 — International Jug Band Festival, Sutter Creek Inn, Sutter Creek.

25-28 – Golden Old Time Campout, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma.

August 28-September 5 – Burning Man Festival, Black Rock City, NV (BanjerDan, Burning Man Contradance Camp).

Bower's Mansion

Bower's Mansion

23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Feature The Dim Lights & Vintage Grass August 11-14, 2016

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage will feature The Dim Lights and Vintage Grass along with 23 more great bands.

The festival will be held August 11-14 at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, next door to Bolado Park.

Gates will open at Noon Thursday for campers. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate, or for convenience, on the NCBS website.

ncbs-plain-logoOnline Tickets

Festival Flyer

Main Stage Schedule

Vintage Grass

Vintage Grass

All You Need To Know To Go To The Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival This Sunday July 24 In Pacifica

surf-spot-logoFestival Fun: The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the Second Annual Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival to The Surf Spot, Pacifica on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

Free: This is a FREE festival.

Outdoor Music: The Surf Spot is an outdoor music venue with seating for food and drink.

Performance Schedule:

SUNDAY, July 24

bglogo11:00am — Sara Rodenburg

11:45 — The Redwood Ramblers

12:30pm — The Dim Lights

1:45 — Festival Speed

3:00 — Foggy Coast Kids, Cabrillo School

3:45 — Jim & Louise Mintun

5:00 – Pacific Drive

Jamming: There will be plenty of room, so bring your instrument.

Food & Drink: The Surf Spot offers good food and drink. Reservations are recommended (650) 355-7873.

Weather: Perfect! Sunny. High 60, Low 54.


Address — The Surf Spot Restaurant, 4627 Coast Highway (Highway 1), Pacifica 94044.


Go south on 280, then south on Highway 1 to Pacifica


Go north on Highway 1 to Pacifica.


From Highway 280, take Highway 92 west to Half Moon Bay, then north on Highway 1


Take the Skyline Blvd. (Highway 35) exit going north on Highway 280 in San Bruno, then go north on Skyline.

Turn left on Sharp Park Road and go over the hill and down into Pacifica.

Go south on Highway 1.


Coming From The South: Turn right on Seabowl Lane, then right into the parking lot.

Coming From The North: Turn left on Fassler Avenue, then first right on Seabowl Lane, then left into the parking lot.

Fun With Your Friends:

This is a nice place for bluegrass music. Bring your friends and enjoy a beautiful day of music. Thanks for your support!

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, One Button Suit Set For GOF Festival Main Stage August 11-14

barwick-siegfried-album-cover-long-time-goneKathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried and One Button Suit are set for the 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage this August 11-14 in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

The festival will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, next door to Bolado Park.

Gates will open at Noon on Thursday for campers. Before then, (only) your hard-working festival staff (only) will be getting everything ready (all by themselves).

See you at noon! Ya’ll come on down now, ya hear?

Online Tickets

Festival Flyer


Dog Information

Location Map

Festival Details

One Button Suit

One Button Suit

One Day Reminder: Friday July 22 Is Last Day To Purchase Discount Advance Tickets To The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

One Day Reminder: The Deadline to purchase Discount Advance Tickets to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is Friday, July 22, 2016. A postmark is acceptable for mail ticket orders.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount. Non-Members receive a discount.

Online Tickets

Festival Flyer

NCBS Membership

FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival To Present The Dim Lights, Redwood Ramblers July 24 In Pacifica

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

The Redwood Ramblers

The Redwood Ramblers

The FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival at The Surf Spot, Pacifica, on Sunday, July 24 will present The Dim Lights (Pacifica) and the Redwood Ramblers (San Francisco) as part of a day-long seven-band program.

This will be the final Bay Area show for the Ramblers, who are soon to become the newest band in Music City, USA — Nashville. Meanwhile, The Dim Lights will continue to be the senior bluegrass unit in Pacifica.

The relaxed outdoor event is presented for the second time by The Surf Spot Restaurant and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The music will run 11:00am-6:00pm. Fine food and drink will be available and there is room for jamming.

The Surf Spot is located at 4627 Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA  94044. Phone:(650) 355-7873.